Hotel California - Mysterious hotel that was the
focus of the hit song "Hotel California" recorded by the rock group The Eagles
The Eagles "Hotel California" Album Cover
The idea for their Hotel California album came while one of the Eagles
was watching episode No. 26 "The Guests" (3/23/64) of the sci-fi series THE
The story featured an alien entity (a.k.a. "The Host") who disguised itself
as a gothic mansion so that it could observe humanity through the guests that
visited it. Those who chose to stay at this strange residence were given comfort
and luxury and eternal youth (they stopped aging as long as they stayed inside
Those who remained too long could never leave and if they tried they turned
to dust upon exiting. Over time the visitors who stayed resented their lot in
life and their "Host" who had provided them with this living Hell.
The Alien ("The Beast") from the episode "The
Only after a modern day traveler stumbled upon the hotel and revealed through
his actions the virtues of love and self-sacrifice ("The missing vectors. The
unknown statistics. The factor that will balance the equation") did the alien
truly know the real answers to the worth of mankind.
The "Beast" inside the hotel
The lyrics in the Eagles song "They stab it with their steely knives but they
just can't kill the beast" and "You can check out any time you like, but you can
never leave" were inspired by the program's plotline.
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